Magnitude-8 earthquake strikes jungle area in north-central Peru
A powerful magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck a remote part of the Amazon jungle in Peru early Sunday, collapsing buildings and knocking out power to some areas but causing only one reported death.
The quake struck at 2:41 a.m local time and was centred in a vast nature preserve 92 kilometres east of the small town of Yurimaguas. Helping limit damage was the earthquake’s depth, at 110 kilometres below the surface, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Earthquakes that are close to the surface generally cause more destruction.
President Martin Vizcarra called for calm before travelling to the zone with members of his cabinet to survey the damage. He said first reports indicate a bridge had collapsed and several homes and roads had been affected.
“It’s a quake that was felt throughout the Peruvian jungle,” said Vizcarra, who was scheduled to host a regional summit Sunday in the capital with the presidents of Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador.
Ricardo Seijas, chief of the National Emergency Operations Centre, said one person died when a rock fell on a house in the Huarango district.
<a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/AHORA?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#AHORA</a> Información de la <a href=”https://twitter.com/PoliciaPeru?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@PoliciaPeru</a> en <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Yurimaguas?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#Yurimaguas</a> da cuenta sobre derrumbes de casonas en AA.HH. Las Praderas. Asimismo, en barrio de Macao, en el distrito de San Lorenzo, provincia Datem del Marañón, policías brindan protección y calma a población afectada. <a href=”https://t.co/gAc9UbNU1t”>pic.twitter.com/gAc9UbNU1t</a>